Beverley Egan was born in Mullewa on the 21 August 1961. Beverley is a Yamatji woman and speaks the Wadjarri language. She maintains very strong links with her country and traditional culture in the Murchison/Gascoyne Region and regularly returns for family events. Her cousin is Betty Egan and her niece is Loretta Egan, both well-known artists.
Beverley has lived most of her life in Perth with her husband (who is also Yamatji) and her two sons. She was taught by her niece Loretta and has also worked with Bundi Arts, working with ceramic art.
A well-respected artist, Beverley paints women’s stories and stories from her family’s country in the Murchison area. Her work is held in many private collections. Currently she is painting with acrylic on canvas for several different galleries.
About the artwork
In this painting, Bev paints honey ants. The honey ants can be found deep underground. Women will go out to hunt for honey ants, finding their underground tunnel systems and digging as deep as a metre to find them. Honey ants can usually be found underneath a Mulga tree. By being delicate with the ants, the honey is sucked from their sacks with care to ensure the ant lives and that you are not bitten. The ant can then continue collecting honey.